President Trump weighed in on former Vice President Joe Biden's entrance into the Democratic 2020 presidential primary in an interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity. Trump said Thursday night that Biden will be unable to deal with Chinese President Xi, calling it a "different level" of energy and intelligence.
"I thought to refer to him as Sleepy Joe," Trump explained his naming process. "A lot of people wanted me to take the word 'sleepy' to something that rhymes with it. Does that make sense to you? And I thought it was too nasty."
"I have known Joe over the years," Trump said. "He is not the brightest light bulb in the group, I don't think, but he has a name that they know."
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Mr. President, I’m going to -- I have to ask you about the New Green Deal, Biden and the media. But one last, last question. Will you declassify the FISA applications, Gang of Eight material, those 302s, or, you know, what we call on this program the "bucket of five"?
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: Yes. Everything is going to be declassified and more, much more than what you just mentioned. It will all be declassified. I’m glad I waited because I thought that maybe they would object struck if I did it early and I think I was right.
So I’m glad I waited. And now, the attorney general can take a look, a very strong look at whatever it is. But it will be declassified and more than what you just mentioned.
HANNITY: Mr. President, we’re now in the election season and Joe Biden made his big announcement today. I thought it was a very warm welcome you made for him on Twitter which I read at the beginning of the show mere tonight.
Generally, your thoughts on him, his entry into the race. You have Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren, Robert Francis O'Rourke, your reaction to the, well, now a record number of slate of 20 people that would like to take you on in 2020?
TRUMP: Well, I don't know who it is going to be. Maybe Sanders or maybe Biden.
I think, you know, when you look at Joe -- I have known Joe over the years. He is not the brightest light bulb in the group, I don't think, but he has a name that they know.
He is coming on with some little cute statements about me that he talked about the way the world is today. Well, I will tell you the way the world is today is we have a strong military.
We have choice for our veterans. They have choice now instead of waiting in line all day long, all week.
Trump continues to comment on Biden later in the interview:
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Mr. President, only for the constraints of time, I would love to ask you in detail about all these candidates. How about one word description on some of the top candidates for 2020? Like, for example, if I say the word Joe Biden, one or two words?
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: Well, I think we are calling him Sleepy Joe, because I have known him for a while and he’s a pretty sleepy guy. He’s not going to be able to deal with President Xi. I will tell you. That's a different level of energy and, frankly, intelligence.
So, I thought to refer to him as Sleepy Joe, because -- a lot of people wanted me to take the word "sleepy" to something that rhymes with it. Does that make sense to you? And I thought it was too nasty.
HANNITY: Yes, I guess. Well, welcome to the race. I see you at starting gate.
TRUMP: But he is not going to be able to do the job.
Trump on other Democratic candidates:
HANNITY: What about Bernie Sanders?
TRUMP: Well, he’s got a lot of energy but he has got misguided energy and he’s done very poorly in terms of the Senate. He has had very little legislation. I think he talks a lot and doesn’t get it done.
HANNITY: Robert Francis O'Rourke?
TRUMP: Well, it's a fluke. Ted Cruz did a good job. I helped him a lot in Texas. We went down and had a couple of massive rallies. And the people of Texas are incredible. They figured it all out.
He is fading very fast. I think he is fading very, very fast. It looks like he’s going to be a thing of the past very soon. But he was a hot item for a little while.
I’ll show you how dishonest the press was. I went down to El Paso. We did a tremendous rally, I guess we had 35,000 people between inside and out, at least. And he had 502 people, and the press said, they both had big rallies. They both had big rallies.
I said, wait a minute, one has close to 40,000 people, one has 500 people, and they were very much comparing them. That's the way the media is. But then that’s why people don't like the media.
They got to straighten it up, because otherwise, it's not free press. But he is fading fast, there’s no question about it.
HANNITY: All right. We have about a minute left, less than a minute left. Mayor Pete, Kamala Harris?
TRUMP: Well, I don't see either of them. I think she has got a little bit of a nasty whit but that might be it. And Mayor Pete is not going to make it.
TRUMP: I would hope he would. I hope -- I’m rooting for him but he is not going to make it.